Scholarships for a PhD programme in Mathematical Sciences.

DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, in association with AIMS, provides five in-region scholarships for a PhD programme in Mathematical Sciences. These scholarship are available to students wishing to commence a PhD programme at a South African University. Funds awarded by the scholarship must be used towards covering the costs of tuition fees, living expenses, medical insurance, books, stationery, research literature expenses, study permit and research.


African nationals from Sub Saharan countries (excluding South African nationals), and not older than 36 years of age on the date of nomination may apply. Women are particularly encouraged to submit an application.


Applications for 2016 are now closed.  An application form for a DAAD scholarship for Postgraduate Studies must be completed. The application form and  supporting documents listed below must be submitted to the address below either by hand, courier or post only. Please note that incomplete or emailed applications will not be processed.

  • Curriculum Vitae (Europass format)
  • Recommendation by your head of department
  • Copies of all university degree certificates (certified copies only)
  • Copies of all university transcripts (certified copies only)
  • At least temporary admission letter indicating the fees structure of the required university (original or certified copy only)
  • Declaration of acceptance from academic supervisor (original only)
  • Detailed and precise description of the research proposal with detailed working plan and time schedule until graduation.

DAAD Conditions

The DAAD scholarship and simultaneous financial support from other sources

While on a DAAD scholarship you must not accept scholarship or awards from other German sources nor apply for support from the German national educational assistance system – BaföG.If you intend to accept or apply for additional funds from a German source, e.g. to cover the expense of special equipment or computer time within the framework of your academic work or to help you and your family in an emergency, you must obtain prior approval in writing from the DAAD.

If you receive a supplementary scholarship, grant or award from your own country or from another non-German source, it remains without effect on the DAAD scholarship as long as the total received is below the tax-free income level in Germany (presently 450 euros per month). Any amount in excess of this, however, will have to be deduct-ed from your DAAD scholarship. Please note that you are under obligation to inform the DAAD about supplementary scholarships or awards.


Postal Address

The Administrative Officer
DAAD PhD Scholarships
6 Melrose Road
South Africa
For related queries, please email

Closing date

Applications must reach AIMS by 27 November 2015. Applications will be pre-selected by AIMS before forwarding a short-list to DAAD in Bonn for final approval.